Actress Michelle Trachtenberg does not have fond memories of her school days in Brooklyn, New York, revealing she was "severely bullied" by classmates. The former Gossip Girl star admits she hasn't kept in touch with anyone from her childhood because of the torment she experienced.
She tells the New York Daily News, "There really aren't people back in Brooklyn that I like. Every once in a while someone will come up to me and they'll say something like, 'Oh! You went to school in Brooklyn...' and it's hard for me to respond favourably...
"To be honest, all of those kids were very mean to me. Very cruel. It was horrible."
Despite her difficult time in school, the actress still loves her hometown and would like to return if she becomes a mum.
She continues, "I love Brooklyn. I love that I came from there. And in the future if I'm lucky enough to have kids... the struggle for me will be where to raise them, because I am quite proud of my Brooklyn roots."
U.S. TV reporter Amy Robach stunned viewers on Monday (11Nov13) by announcing she is set to undergo a double mastectomy after a live examination on TV led to a breast cancer diagnosis. The ABC News anchor made the announcement on Good Morning America, revealing she was told the devastating news after she underwent an on-camera mammogram for the show last month (Oct13).
Speaking to Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who is a cancer survivor, Robach said, "If I got the mammogram on air and it saved one life, then it's all worth it. It never occurred to me that that life would be mine.
"It's absolutely surreal to be sitting here. But as scary as it all is, I'm so so lucky - because you guys pushed me to that mammogram - thank God you did, I wasn't in any rush to have that done any time soon."
The 40 year old will undergo the operation and reconstructive surgery on 14 November (13).
Funnyman Mike Myers returned to his Liverpool roots in England on Saturday (09Nov13) to cheer on his favourite Premier League team. The Canadian actor, who grew up a massive Liverpool fan thanks to his city heritage, was the guest of honor for the team's match against Fulham and took to the hallowed turf before the game to let fellow fans know he's as die-hard as they are.
He said, "I'm so thrilled to be here, I cannot even believe it. I'm normally really chatty but I'm speechless right now.
"I was born in Canada in '63 and my parents came to Toronto in '56, and there's no-one more English than an Englishman not living in England. Our house was a shrine to Liverpool. I love the people here and I really do think it's my home."
He added, "I did not sleep last night... I'm so jazzed to be here. I can't even talk, I can't look at the soccer players in the face. I'm even starstruck by Anfield, the pitch. I didn't even want to look at it - I was a little afraid."
And as for the team's chances to win the Premier League this season, he stated, "I think Liverpool have every chance of getting into that top four this year. When (Daniel) Sturridge and (Luis) Suarez get the ball you just don't know what's going to happen. It's old-school Liverpool, getting the ball and distributing it upfield."
Myers proved to be a lucky charm for the home team - they beat Fulham 4-0 to take over second place in the English Premier League.
Bruno Mars is celebrating after clinching the the Mtv Europe Music Awards ceremony's first prize after his Locked Out Of Heaven hit earned him the Best Song trophy. The American pop star beat off competition from Daft Punk (Get Lucky), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Thrift Shop), Rihanna (Diamonds) and Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines) to take home the trophy, which was presented by Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes and Game Of Thrones star Candice van Houten.
Mars thanked his fans and manager in his acceptance speech and then revealed the win was extra special because his father had flown in to Amsterdam, Holland for the awards ceremony.
He said, "Listen y'all (you all) this song means so much to me... Thank you guys so much... I want to thank Atlantic records, I want to thank my manager. I got my pops here tonight, poppa Mars is in the building... Amsterdam thank you!"
Mars is also nominated for the Best Male award.
Other early winners include Katy Perry, who was named Best Female, Eminem (Best Hip Hop Award) and 30 Seconds to Mars (Best Alternative Act Award).
Miley Cyrus kicked off the ceremony with a space-themed performance of We Can't Stop, spanking a leather-clad little person and groping her breast, while Robin Thicke was joined by Iggy Azalea for a performance of his tracks Blurred Lines and Feel Good, and prizewinner Perry performed new track Unconditionally.
The Wire star Idris Elba is set to become a new father, according to a U.K. report. The British actor is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, make-up artist Naiyana Garth, who he has been dating since March (13).
A source tells Britain's Sunday Mirror the couple is "thrilled" about the baby news, adding, "Idris and Naiyana are so in love and this is the icing on the cake for them.
"They had been keeping it quiet as it's early in the pregnancy, but they've told family and friends and Naiyana is beginning to show. She is absolutely lovely and she's looking radiant. Her and Idris are a great couple and feel lucky to have found each other.
"He's a great dad and she'll be a brilliant mum. They can't wait for their new arrival."
Elba is already father to daughter Isan, 11, from a previous relationship.
Robin Thicke step aside - Pharrell Williams has found a new Blurred Lines partner in Alicia Keys. After Thicke ditched his producer pal for a raunchy rendition of the song at the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus in New York in August (13), Williams hit the stage at the 10th annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball benefit in the Big Apple on Thursday night (07Nov13) with the charity gig's leading lady.
Event founder Keys thrilled guests at the black-tie benefit when she teamed up with Pharrell for the big number and kept the fun going by running through the hitmaker's Daft Punk collaboration, Get Lucky, with him too.
She made this year's AIDS research benefit a family affair by posing for pictures with husband Swizz Beatz and their three-year-old son Egypt on the red carpet and then her man served as the house DJ for the Hammerstein Ballroom bash, which also featured performances from Carole King and Laura Mvula.
"last night, i played to a room of people whose names i worship, breathe like fine gold smoke, reverent. there is a lot of stupid s**t that comes with being lucky enough to do what i do... but i wouldn’t have traded last night for anything. i felt so warm in the arms of these legends who are good enough to have faith in me, weird little screwball that i am." Lorde on celebrating her 17th birthday two days early on Tuesday (05Nov13) surrounded by stars at a gala tribute to actress Tilda Swinton in New York. The teen singer actually celebrated her big day on Thursday (07Nov13).
Julianne Moore is urging fellow veteran actresses to quit complaining about a lack of Hollywood roles for older women. The Hunger Games star, 52, began her career in the early 1980s and is still enjoying sought-after parts in blockbuster movies even in her sixth decade.
Other ageing screen sirens often moan that big roles dry up for female stars as they get older, but Moore is adamant complaining about it only reinforces Hollywood ageism - although she admits she has been "lucky" during her career.
She tells InStyle magazine, "I can't complain. I've been pretty lucky. And I think the more we talk about it, the more we make it real. I hate being asked about this stuff! Let's appreciate where we are. Let's not wish our lives away."
R&B superstar Beyonce left one Australian fan reeling in shock on Tuesday (05Nov13) after interrupting his video call to a friend mid-concert to say hello. The Halo hitmaker was performing in Adelaide as part of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour when she spotted a member of the audience using his iPhone to FaceTime a pal who couldn't make it to the gig.
As she approached the male, Beyonce told the crowd, "This is a first. He's doing FaceTime right now."
She then reached down and grabbed his cell phone so she could greet his lucky friend herself, saying, "Nice to meet you", before launching into her song Irreplaceable.
It's not the only fun Beyonce has had with her fans while Down Under - during a tour stop in Melbourne last month (Oct13), she decided to strike a cheeky pose after catching one girl trying to take a snap of herself, known as a 'selfie', with Beyonce performing in the background. Instead, the singer leaned into the shot to 'photobomb' the teenager without missing a beat.
The Gold Star pals have never lost hope that they could potentially cash in on the winnings of a lifetime. Matt Korzak could get his very pregnant girlfriend, Mary Lavecchia, and their other child out of his mother's house. Matt's brother, Nicky, an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt and pursue the crush he has on co-worker Samira Lashari. Samira, a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and a talented musician, could finally afford to go to her dream school, Juilliard. Denise Dibinsky, the tender-hearted Gold Star cashier, is struggling to lose weight and regain her former glory, but the winnings could provide an opportunity for her to rebuild her crumbling marriage. Leanne Maxwell, a single mother, will try to keep her past hidden despite the spotlight the lottery win puts on her. Bob Harris, the store's manager and quite possibly the nicest man in the world, wants to buy the Gold Star and make it into the perfect workplace. And cheerful and charming Antonio Clemente will discover ways to capitalize on the group's win in order to give his wife, Bianca , and their three kids a whole new life.
Episode 2. Inside Job
(AIR DATE 10/01/2013)
A news crew comes to profile the gang as the reality of the lottery win sets in. The girls go on a high-end shopping spree in advance of the Gold Star block party, as Antonio and his family deal with the aftermath of the gang's new status. Meanwhile, the police investigate the Gold Star robbery, getting closer to the shocking truth.